5. Alion

Route name





Mehedinţi Plateau

Route type



Yellow Triangle (YT)

Description of route

The route beginsfrom theViaduct Târziului on the European road  E70 and  enters the standing crop  in a manna tree forest on a section of  200 m; itgoes  on the contour lineand after 200 mit enters Valea  Târziului, followsthe course of the valley on a section of  230 mthen we will meet a crossroads  of two grooves, and we will follow the crest road with  emphatic ascent of  30% marked with the tourist sign, this section of about 120 mis difficult because  you can pass a cliff slippery area, and then you arrive at the first belvedere point  1,with an opening of 180 degrees;from here you can see the Danube  and Iron Gate I Hydro energetic System  and the Serbian shore  then you enter again the standing crop on a section of  170 m, the tourist route following the hill, after that leaving the standing crop  and entering a small glade and go along the margin of the forest on the left side on a distance of 100 m on  N- NW direction entering again standing crop on a small section of 60 and enters an enclave  and after  120 mit arrives in a large glade , the route following the  NW directionon a distance of 100 mwhere we have the second  belvedere point 2with an opening of  180 degrees; from here you can see  a lot of  dwellings as well as the highest hill  in the Iron Gate Natural Park -Dealul Micilep with Teiul Moşului Peak , then the route changes its direction to Eastand the glade and the agrarian lands are passed  and after we get through about 700 m we meet the ruins of a military fortification in the second world war; on this part of the road you can admire in the North direction  the  Mehedinţi Plateau and a lot of dwellings  (6-7) ;going in the  SE directionwe follow a back road on a section of  600 mand we arrive on  Varful Voicu from the Alion Hillwhere the communication antennas are found, we leave the back road andgo through about 350 min the SE direction; we pass through a small glade  and we enter a standing crop and  arrive in a small glade where we can see the third belvedere point  3with an opening of over  180 degrees;from here you see  Orşova, Dealul Moşului, Dealul Micilep, the Danube,Cerna Gulf, the Serbian shore ; from here the route begins to climb  the Alion Hill;there is a visible path and different signs; it follows   a section of 200 mthat has the margin of the forest on the left side, then the route  enters a standing crop on a distance of 120 mafter which it passes through a small glade  , enters again a standing crop on a distance  of 60 mthe route appears in a glade  on a section of  150 mand again itpasses a  section of standing crop  for  50 m after which the direction changes  to Northand we pass through a glade of 100 m, and then enter a small groove  which we follow until it comes out in the European road E70 atabout 100 m, where the end of the tourist route is.

Length in  km

4,6  k

Difference of level (total)

325 m

Running time

2-3 h (backward 2-3h)

GPS Coordinates

Beginning of route – N44 43.326, E22 27.352

Crossroads of grooves – N 44 43.538, E 22 27.288

Belvedere point 1 – N44 43.579, E22 27.216

Lay-over place – N 44.723160, E 22.437347

Belvedere point2 – N44 43.705, E22 27.133

Ruins of a military fortification – N44 43.605, E22 26.573

Vârful Voicului – N 44 43.369, E 22 26.138

Belvedere point3 – N44 43.229, E22 26.094

End of route – N44 43.085, E22 25.572


In spring /summer/autumn

No. of applied signs


No. of posts


No. of signage


No. of informing panels and their location 

2 panels; one of them being set up on E70, opposite the LukeOil station  the other one on the road E70at Târziului Viaduct

State of route


State of marking


Necessary works to execute

There are not

Covers on route

Capacity no. place/their state

A lay-over place set up with a small table, two benches and a recycle bin

Difficulty degree


Route importance


Access in the area

By car – from  D.E.70 on the road from Valea Minei

By train – from the Orşova station of about 1km to East

Year of route homologation 


Natural elements and attractions:

The wood vegetation is represented by a mixture forest, where we meet elements like:  hornbeam (Carpinus betulus), holm (Quercus petraea), the Hungarian oak (Quercus frainetto), teil (Tilia platifillos), but also Mediterranean elementslikeoriental hornbeam (Carpinus orientalis) orthe butcher’s broom  (Ruscus aculeatus); the versants northern the Danube are covered mostly with  liliac    (Syringa vulgaris).

The flora species  are characteristic to the temperate-continental climate, with sub Mediterranean influences , as orchids  (Orchys), Sweet William (Diantus), violas (Viola) or snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis).

The fauna is represented by some mammals  like the wolf (Canis lupus), the buck (Capreolus Capreolus) or the wild cat (Felis sylvestris), reptileslike the tortoise (Testudo hermanni boetgerri), the green lizard (Lacerta viridis) or the lizard (Lacerta agilis), birds like, the hen-harrier (Buteo buteo) or the red kestrel (Falco tinnunculus).

The route continues on the way of  Ogaşului lui Târziu, in an area covered with oak-tree forests. A more difficult part, on a cliff crest, slightly abrupt one,  represents a nice opening for admiring the landscape . at about 30 minutes from the entrance this route , the  calcareous cliffs of Parautohton of Severin can be seen in the Danube.

The met enclaves offer wonderful belvedere points to the Danube, to the Iron Gate I Hydrocentral and even to Kladovo in Serbia. Between Vârful Voicului (289,5 m) and  the base of Alion Hill, the agrarian lands and glades on the Culmea Câmpului Lung demonstrate the importance of the local people’s traditional activities: agriculture and animal breeding.

The peak of  Dealul Alionis an impressive belvedere point.  At night, the lights of the Iron Gate I border gives a real show.  From the relays of mobile telephony set out on the peak of Deal Alion and until the bases of Alion, the view opens to the Cerna Gulf.

It is a short route, but wonderful by landscapes with openings to the Danube.